14th AVN Awards

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14th AVN Awards
1997-AVN-Awards-VHS.jpg
1997 AVN Awards Show VHS box cover
Date January 11, 1997 (1997-01-11)
Site Riviera Hotel & Casino, Winchester, Nevada
Hosted by
Produced by Gary Miller
Directed by Mark Stone
Highlights
Best Picture Bobby Sox (Best Film)
Most awards Shock (11)

The 14th AVN Awards ceremony, organized by Adult Video News (AVN), took place January 11, 1997 at Riviera Hotel & Casino, Winchester, Nevada, beginning at 7:45 p.m. PST / 10:45 p.m. EST, during the show, AVN presented AVN Awards (the industry's equivalent of the Academy Awards)[2][3][4] in 41 categories honoring the best pornographic films released between Oct. 1, 1995 and Sept. 30, 1996. The ceremony was produced by Gary Miller and directed by Mark Stone.[5] Comedian Bobby Slayton returned as host, with actresses Nici Sterling and Kylie Ireland as co-hosts.[1] At a pre-awards event held the previous evening, 60 more AVN Awards, mostly for technical achievements, were given out by hostess Dyanna Lauren and comedy ventriloquist Otto of Otto & George, however, the pre-awards event was neither televised nor distributed on VHS tapes as was the main evening’s ceremony.[1]

Shock won the most awards with 11, however, Bobby Sox, an "off-beat period piece comedy" that received six statuettes, won for best film. Flesh and Blood was next with five awards including best gay feature.[1]

Winners and nominees[edit]

The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on January 11, 1997. Missy was the first actress to win both Starlet of the Year and the AVN Female Performer of the Year Award in the same year. Kurt Young, however, was second to win the major gay awards in the same year, taking Gay Video Performer of the Year and Best Newcomer.[1]

Major awards[edit]

MIssy, Female Performer of the Year and Best New Starlet
T. T. Boy, Male Performer of the Year winner
Jamie Gillis, Best Actor—Film winner
Melissa Hill, Best Actress—Film winner

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger (double-dagger).[1][5][6]

Best Film Best Shot-on-Video Feature
  • Bobby Soxdouble-dagger[1][6]
    • Dangerous Games
    • Dreams of Desire
    • Expose Me Again
    • Gangland Bangers
    • Gregory Dark’s Sex Freaks
    • Lust and Desire
    • Oral Addiction
    • The Palace of Pleasure
    • Penetrator 2: Grudge Day
    • The Show[5]
  • Shockdouble-dagger[1][6]
    • Car Wash Angels
    • Conquest
    • Gregory Dark’s Flesh
    • Head Trip
    • Hollywood Boulevard
    • Kink 3 Police Chronicles
    • My Surrender
    • Pristine
    • The Pyramid 1 through 3
    • Silver Screen Confidentail
    • Temple of Poon
    • Virgin Dreams
    • XXX[5]
Best New Starlet
Male Performer of the Year Female Performer of the Year
Best Actor—Film Best Actress—Film
Best Actor—Video Best Actress—Video
Best Supporting Actor—Film Best Supporting Actress—Film
Best Supporting Actor—Video Best Supporting Actress—Video
Best Director—Film Best Director—Video
Best Sex Comedy Best All-Sex Video
  • The Showdouble-dagger[1][6]
    • Best Butt in the West 2
    • Car Wash Angels
    • Gangbusters
    • Heinie’s Heroes
    • Nightshift Nurses 2
    • Silver Screen Confidential[5]
  • Fresh Meat 3double-dagger[1][6]
    • Beyond Reality
    • Dirty Tricks 2
    • Fresh Meat 2
    • Friends in Sex
    • SexHibition 2[5]
Best Selling Tape of the Year Best Renting Tape of the Year
  • Shockdouble-dagger
  • World's Biggest Gang Bang 2double-dagger (tie)[1][5][6]
Best Gonzo Tape Best Gonzo Series
  • Buttman’s Bend Over Babes 4double-dagger[1][6]
    • American Tushy
    • Anabolic World Sex Tour
    • Ben Dover's Alley Cats
    • Ben Dover’s Fresh Cheeks[5]
  • Butt Rowdouble-dagger[1][6]
    • Anabolic World Sex Tour
    • Ben Dover
    • Buttman
    • Tom Byron’s Cumback Pussy[5]
Best Couples Sex Scene—Film Best Couples Sex Scene—Video
Best All-Girl Sex Scene—Film Best All-Girl Sex Scene—Video

Additional award winners[edit]

These awards were also announced at the awards show, most in a winners-only segment read by Kylie Ireland during the event:[1][6]

The previous night, January 10, 1997, during AVN's pre-awards cocktail reception, hostess adult film actress hostess Dyanna Lauren and comedy ventriloquist Otto of Otto & George handed out these awards, mostly for technical excellence:[1]

Honorary AVN Awards[edit]

Special Achievement Awards[edit]

  • Mark Stone and Gary Miller on their 10th anniversary producing the AVN Awards Show[1]
  • Berth Milton Jr. and Robert Tremont for their success with Private Video[1][5]

AVN Breakthrough Award[edit]

Presented to Steve Perry for Ben Dover series[1][5]

Hall of Fame[edit]

AVN Hall of Fame inductees for 1997, announced during AVN's pre-awards event, were: Bunny Bleu, R. Bolla, Michael Carpenter, Desiree Cousteau, Duck Dumont, Jeanna Fine, Gail Force, Ken Gibb (posthumously), Victoria Paris, Jeannie Pepper, John Stagliano, Joey Stefano (posthumously), John Travis, Dick Witte[1]

Multiple nominations and awards[edit]

Shock won the most awards with 11; Bobby Sox was next with six, followed by gay video Flesh and Blood with five. Buttman’s Bend Over Babes 4, Conquest, The Show, Silver Screen Confidential and Unleashed had three apiece. American Tushy! Idol in the Sky, Night Walk and Switchhitters VIII had two each.

Presenters and performers[edit]

The following individuals, in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers or comedy, the show's trophy girls were Midori and Stephanie Swift.[1]

Presenters[edit]

Presenters
Name(s) Role
Lauren, DyannaDyanna Lauren
Sasha Vinni
Laura Palmer
Lori Michaels
Gina LaMarca
Bionca
Sahara Sands
Presenters of the awards for Best Couples Sex Scene—Film and Best Couples Sex Scene—Video
Savage, CaressaCaressa Savage
Angel Hart
Jasmin St. Claire
Presenters of the awards for Best Supporting Actor—Film and Best Supporting Actress—Film
Hardcore, MaxMax Hardcore
Barbie Angel
Shyla Foxxx
Morgan Fairlane
Presenters of the award for Best All-Girl Sex Scene—Video
Rain, MistyMisty Rain
Chi Chi LaRue
Richard Williams
Steve Hatcher
Sunset Thomas
Zach Thomas
Missy
Presenters of the award for Best All-Girl Sex Scene—Film
Myst, KristiKristi Myst
Gene Ross
Jill Kelly
Taylor Hayes
Presenters of the AVN Breakthrough Award, Best Renting Tape of the Year and Best Selling Tape of the Year
Chryso, DavidDavid Chryso
Lea Martini
Vicka
Presenters of the Hot Video Award (Best European Release)
Mynx, TiffanyTiffany Mynx
Stacy Valentine
Randy West
Tricia Devereaux
Coral Sands
Felicia
Presenters of the awards for Best Supporting Actor—Video and Best Supporting Actress—Video
Schimmel, RobertRobert Schimmel
Rocki Roads
Wet Man
Presenters of the award for Most Outrageous Sex Scene
Paris, VictoriaVictoria Paris
Shane
Yvonne
Rayveness
Felicia
Presenters of the awards for Male Performer of the Year and Female Performer of the Year
Fishbein, PaulPaul Fishbein Presenter of the AVN Special Achievement Awards
Ireland, KylieKylie Ireland Announces winners in the winners-only segment
Jameson, JennaJenna Jameson Presenter of the award for Best New Starlet
Hart, VeronicaVeronica Hart
Shayla LaVeaux
Carolyn Monroe
Colt Steel
Jon Dough
Jenteal
Presenters of the awards for Best Director—Video and Best Director—Film
Hartley, NinaNina Hartley
Mark Davis
Helen Duval
Kobe Tai
Shanna McCullough
Porsche Lynn
Presenters of the awards for Best Actor—Video and Best Actress—Video
Fine, JeannaJeanna Fine
Kelly O'Dell
Juli Ashton
Jake Steed
Heather Hunter
T. T. Boy
Janine Lindemulder
Presenters of the awards for Best Actress—Film and Best Actor—Film
Sanders (actor), AlexAlex Sanders (actor)
Nicole London
Brittany O'Neill
Sean Ryder
Shelby Stevens
Presenters of the awards for Best Gonzo Series and Best Gonzo Tape
Oscar, WildeWilde Oscar
Micky Lynn
Sindee Cox
Melissa Hill
Jonathan Morgan
Presenters of the awards for Best Sex Comedy and Best All-Sex Video
Covét, MoniqueMonique Covét
Houston
Steven St. Croix
Serenity
Nikki Tyler
Presenters of the awards for Best Shot-on-Video Feature and Best Film

Performers[edit]

Performers
Name(s) Role Performed
Stingers, TheThe Stingers
Serenity and Her Dancers
Performer Opening number: “The World Sex Suite”
Slayton, BobbyBobby Slayton Host Standup comedy
Williams, RichRich Williams Performers Bill Clinton impersonation
Schimmel, RobertRobert Schimmel Performer Standup comedy segment
Schwartz, ScottScott Schwartz
Serenity and Her Dancers
The Stingers
Performer Musical number: “Thank Heaven for Grown-Up Girls”
Schwartz, ScottScott Schwartz
Serenity and Her Dancers
The Stingers
Performer Macarena spoof: “Cockeranal”

Ceremony information[edit]

Comedian Bobby Slayton made a return engagement as host of the show, this year the show was centered around an international theme, “the world of adult,” with added emphasis on European presenters and awards. This was the first year the awards ceremony was split over two nights, with a pre-awards event held January 10, 1997, where awards for technical achievements were distributed, while the main awards were presented January 11, 1997.[1]

Several other people were also involved with the production of the ceremony. Serenity was responsible for choreography and Mark Stone was musical director with original songs by Mark J. Miller.[5]

The top selling and renting tape of the year was Shock, although it was tied in the best-selling category with World’s Biggest Gang Bang 2.[1][5] There were several new awards categories this year including Best Advertisement and the AVN Breakthrough Award to acknowledge "those who were carving new niches and forging new territories in the adult business."[1]

The ceremonies were published on VHS tape by VCA Pictures.[5][7]

Critical response[edit]

The show received a negative reception from Hustler magazine, which said, “Long-winded speeches from several award winners threatened to bore everyone to death.” It went on to add that since AVN is a trade publication paid for by ads "from the same adult video companies it bestows awards upon, the critical value of such honors is subject to debate."[8] Swank Video World magazine was a bit more positive, calling the show "the most glamourous night in the adult industry."[6]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as Ross, Gene (March 1997). "Shock, Bobby Sox Dominate the 14th Annual AVN Awards Show". Adult Video News. Vol. 13 no. 3. Van Nuys, California: AVN Publications, Inc. pp. 20–69. ISSN 0883-7090. 
  2. ^ Paige, Cinnamon (August 1998). "Exxxtra! Exxxtra!". Adult Cinema Review. Vol. 16 no. 8. New York, New York: Princeton Publishing, Inc. pp. 6–10. ISSN 0277-2914. 
  3. ^ "Porn Vixens in Vegas!". Club International. Vol. 22 no. 6. Sandy Hook, Connecticut: Paragon Publishing, Inc. June 1998. pp. 26–29. ISSN 0747-0819. 
  4. ^ "The 1998 Adult Video News Awards!". High Society. Vol. 23 no. 8. New York, New York: Crescent Publishing Group Inc. August 1998. pp. 106–111. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af Stone, Mark (Director) (1997). 1997 AVN Awards (videotape). VCA Pictures. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad "1997 AVN". Swank's Video World. Paramus, New Jersey: Swank Publications, Inc. June 1997. pp. 66–67. 
  7. ^ Recob, Den (August 25, 1997). "AVN 1997 Awards Show". Cyberspace Adult Video Reviews. Denny Recob. Retrieved January 18, 2017. This is a well put together video. It shows who won the 1997 awards for best performances of 1996 videos. 
  8. ^ "Video News Awards: Winners Gather With Losers in Las Vegas". Hustler. LFP Publications, Inc. June 1997. p. 32. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • "Backstage at the Flesh Film Awards". Cheri Magazine. July 1997. 
  • "Award Winning Pussy!". High Society magazine. July 1997. p. 90. 
  • "AVN Awards event report". Bachelor magazine (in Japanese). Japan. April 1997. 
  • "CES & AVN Awards show". Dick magazine (in Japanese). Japan. April 1997. 

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